Recycle Cardboard Tubes into Loom Rubber Bands Organizer

The loom bands-making phenomenon has already invaded the Philippines and it has been causing a massive hoarding purchasing of tiny rubber bands being used for loom band projects/creations. With lots and lots of colorful rubber bands, from solid colors in different hues to rainbow-like or two-toned combinations, no wonder that my unused beads organizer container, which I lend to my daughter, is now full of loom rubber bands.

I have been looking for the same organizer/container from crafting shops to bookstores and department stores but I haven’t found any yet. I was in the brink of giving up in organizing these tiny rubber bands until a light bulb moment when I remembered I have those toilet paper cardboard tubes stashed away waiting for another recycling project. Perfect! 🙂

Cut to size cardboard tubes then glue one side to scraps of cardboard/paper.

After thoroughly dried, cut to size again to have cardboard containers.

I have decided to use my washi tapes to decorate my cardboard containers.

The circular cardboard containers fit well inside my stash of rectangular plastic containers. I’m so happy! 🙂

Here’s the loom band-making stash of my daughter:

And she’s still asking me to buy more bands of other different colors. Yikes.

Now, here are some of her loom band creations, most of her previous creations were already given to her favorite grandmother, and friends (don’t tell her that I’ve told you that she was the one who maid these):

Just like most of us, she also taught herself to make these loom bands via video tutorials on Youtube.

See you here again soon for another recycling project! 🙂




{project 50} #09 Yarn-Wrapped Containers

I have been seeing this colorful craft using leftover yarns and strings all over the crafting sites I visit and I just thought of trying to do it with tin cans this time. You can also try doing it with bottles, boxes, whatever container you fancy. 🙂

You just need your choice of yarns or strings, containers, all purpose glue or hot glue gun & glue sticks and start wrapping and creating your own color combinations and designs!

I used some of my paper rosettes/ medallions and paper flowers from previous projects as accents.

I’ll see you here again soon for another 50 Days till Christmas project! 🙂 



{project 50} {project 50} #16 Weaved / Woven Paper Basket

Welcome back to my 50 Days till Christmas projects! 🙂

This paper upcycling project is inspired by Lia Griffith‘s fruit basket made from paper shopping bags. Her tutorial below:

I have already made the same weaving project years ago, as an elementary school project, and I just got reminded of it by Ms. Griffith’s post. I used here the mistakenly printed paper for my daughter’s school project from last year. I kept them and was thinking of what recycling project it would fit it. And here it is!

I added an origami polka dots butterfly as an accent and used it as a basket for a bunch of onion and garlic in my kitchen.

Come back here for more craft projects! 🙂



{project 50} #18 Washi-fied Plastic Containers

Welcome back to another recycling project for my 50 Days till Christmas crafting projects!

Plastic containers of gravy from take-outs and packaging for candies + beautiful washi tapes.


I use these plastic containers as organizers of small trinkets and stuff like buttons, beads, rubber bands, pins, paper clips, and many more.

I’ll see you here again soon! 🙂


P.S. Washi tapes are from Paper Chic Studio

{project 50} #21 Decorated Tin Cans (Pen Holder / Organizer)

This is another very quick and easy to do recycling project. I was finding a container for my new metallic permanent markers and what better way to organize them than tin cans! 🙂

Of course, Sharpie® is my all-time favorite marker and pen but I am always open to try new things.

I have drawn some colorful polka dots, leafy trees and colorful lines.

With using tin cans, crafting possibilities are endless.

Come back for more of my 50 Days till Christmas projects! 🙂


{project 50} #45 Upcycle Plastic Popcorn Buckets

 Project #45 is another upcycling/recycling project using those popcorn plastic tubs or buckets that you have lying around after watching too many movies at home. *guilty*

In this project I used three main materials: plastic tubs or buckets, collection of seashells, and rolls of abaca fiber in different colors.

 I removed the labels from the plastic tubs to have a clean surface. With this brand of popcorn it is easier to remove the labels without soaking the tubs in warm water and some dishwashing soap. All I needed were my strong nails, thumbs, forefingers and lots of patience.

 You will also be needing a pair of scissors, a glue gun and glue stick to attach the abaca roll and the seashells to the plastic tub. Good thing that this tub is thick enough to resist melting from the hot glue.

 Here they are!


 I am thinking of giving these to those sea/ocean-loving people I know for them to use as storage or desk organizers.

Enjoy upcycling and recycling! 🙂



{project 50} #46 DIY Envelopes

Welcome back to my 50 Days till Christmas projects! This is my #46th:

I first made my own envelopes from way back in 1996 when writing and sending snail mails were THE thing. I was a collector of different designs and sets of stationery, from plain looking (solid colors) to elaborate and cute designs. Some of them I have bought, some I made myself and some from my penpals from way back. One day I will show them off here when I get a chance to unearth them from one of my boxes of stuff. LOL

For now, I will show you how to do it using these:

pages from old vanity, fashion & interior design magazines

I have made these from old envelopes made stronger by sticking them to cardboard, but the small ones were a product of my what-ifs. (Only because I do not like wasting a cardboard.)

 Now, I hope you can follow the process by looking at the images below:

place your templates on your desired prints & trace the outline with a pencil

use a glue stick like the one I have used here, it’s much easier to apply and will result to less wrinkly edges (Can you tell that I have learned from my mistake?)


You can make your own envelopes out of any kind of paper. Gift wrappers, colored papers, printed papers, book pages and origami papers are some of my favorites.


Enjoy making this project! 🙂